Cove First Baptist Church will have their Vacation Bible School Sunday, June 23, through Thursday, June 27, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. nightly. The ages for VBS will be four-years old up through sixth grade children. Four-year olds must have completed one year of preschool. This year’s VBS theme is “Gold Rush”. For more information, contact Celeste Ashcraft at 870-387-2500 or 479-216-3015.
HCI Board Mtg.
Healthy Connections, Inc. will hold its monthly Board of Directors Meeting on Tuesday, June 25. The meeting is open to the public and begins at 5:15 p.m. The meeting will take place at the Civic Center in Mount Ida.
Humane Society Meeting
Do you have a heart to help homeless pets find good homes? Humane Society of the Ouachitas meets Thursday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Limetree Restaurant. Please join us! Call 479-243-0771 for more information.
Tea Party Meeting
We the People Tea Party will be meeting Thursday June 20, 2013 at the Polk County Library, located on Eighth and Port Arthur Sts, at 6:00 p.m. Please join us, because Phyllis Bell with be updating us on actions underway by Americans for Prosperity and how we can support them.
Wickes Open Kitchen
The Wickes Pentecostal Church of God will have their open kitchen open every third Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., serving free meals. This month’s kitchen will be on Thursday, June 20, and the menu will be Indian Tacos, dessert, and a drink. The Wickes Pentecostal Church of God is located at 7883 Highway 71 South in Wickes.
Bread Making Class
Saturday, June 22, from 10:30 am, Mena Art Gallery will be having a sour dough bread making class. Price is $15. Please pay in advance to register for the class. For more information go to http://www.menaartgallery.org/Breadmaking.shtml
A.B.A.T.E. District 6
Arkansas Bikers Aiming Toward Education will hold monthly meetings on the first Sunday of every month at Lime Tree Restaurant in Mena. You don’t have to ride to attend or become a member. Board Meeting at 2:30 p.m. and General Meeting at 3:00 p.m. We are a non-profit organization.
Don’t throw out those Tyson Project A+ labels! Those labels can help Polk County Developmental Center provide services for preschoolers with special needs in our area. It’s easy, just look for the Tyson Project A+ label on participating packages of Tyson products and cut it out. So simple but what a difference it can make! You can drop them off at PCDC Resale Store or Jumpstart Preschool or mail them to P.O. Box 926, Mena. If you have any questions call Ann at 479-394-2671.
Women of Prayer
The Polk County Women of Prayer has changed its name to Women of Prayer. Come join us every month at the Lime Tree Restaurant as we pray using the Word of God for Mena, Polk County, Arkansas, the United States, Israel and the rest of the world. Ladies from all church denominations are welcome.
Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County
Rotary Club of Mena/Polk County meets each Thursday at 11:30 at Papa's Mexican Cafe. For more information, please contact Sue Babel at 234-3383 or Charles Pitman at 216-4882.
Hatfield Tops Club
The Hatfield Tops Club will be meeting at the Hatfield Library from now on, each Monday. The Tops Club had previously been meeting at Hatfield Town Hall. Weekly weigh-ins are from 5:00 to 5:30 p.m., with the meeting to follow.
Dallas Avenue Baptist Church, 300 Dallas Avenue, gives out food on the last Thursday of each month. Time 8:00-11:00 or until food runs out. If you need food its best to come early.
Free Soup Kitchen is open every Tuesday, 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., All are welcome at Mena Seventh-Day Adventist Church, located at 149 Polk Rd 43 (Fairground Road) in Mena. Call 479-394-9938 for more information.
Mighty Oaks 4-H
The Acorn Mighty Oaks 4-H Club meets at the American Legion on first Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Any family is welcome with children ages 5 to 19.
Ouachita Valley Al-Anon Family Group
The Ouachita Valley Al-Anon Family Group has moved its weekly meetings to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the First United Methodist Church, located at 501 9th Street in Mena. Al-Anon is a fellowship for friends and families of alcoholics. Anyone is invited to attend who has, or has ever had, someone in their life whose drinking has affected them. Just as A.A. helps the alcoholic to recover, Al-Anon helps the family to deal with the effects living with active alcoholism, and with the changes brought about by sobriety.
What are you doing with all those plastic bottles that accumulate during the holiday festivities? Are all those sales catalogs and junk flyers taking up room in your trash? Recycle them at Polk County Developmental Center’s Recycle Center at 205 S. Morrow. PCDC recycles #1 & #2 plastic bottles, aluminum cans, newspaper, magazines, paper, cardboard, ink cartridges, cell phones, and rechargeable batteries. Recycling not only helps the community but provides job skills training for individuals with disabilities. If you have any questions about recycle or any of PCDC’s services call Ann at 394-2671.
Conservation District Walnuts
Rich Mountain Conservation District has received a shipment of English Walnut halves and pieces and will be selling them for $5 per 1 lb.bag. They also have several types of nuts left from their Fall Nut Sale left that can be purchased at their office at 508 7th Street. If you have any question, please call 479-394-1782 x 3. All proceeds go to their annual Scholarship Fund.
Grandparents Support (GPS) will be at Valley View Church of Christ in Greenwood located on Highway 71 South off of Highway 10 the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. Guest speakers, fellowship, support, prayer and help needed. All are welcome. Contact Debra F. Jones at 479-996-4314 or 479-806-1499.
Healthy Connections Annual Meeting
Healthy Connections, Inc. will hold its Annual meeting of the Board of Directors Tuesday, March 26. This meeting is open to the public and begins at 5:15 p.m. The meeting will take place at HCI’s Mena location community room. During this meeting HCI will elect officers and consider nominations, from the Nomination Committee, of new board members. Local community members are encouraged and welcome to attend. HCI is currently accepting applications for prospective board members. Applications can be picked up at any HCI location or from any current board member.
Wickes Pentecostal Soup Kitchen
The Wickes Pentecostal Church of God will have their soup kitchen open every third Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., serving free meals. This month’s soup kitchen will be on Thursday, February 21. The Wickes Pentecostal Church of God is located at 7883 Highway 71 South in Wickes.
Tapley Fire Benefit Account
A benefit account has been established to assist the Tapley family following the loss of their home to a fire two weeks ago. Donations are being accepted at First National Branch banks, and anyone wishing to donate, no matter how much or how little, may do so by indicating to the teller that they wish to donate to the Tapley Benefit Account.
Low Cost Spay/Neutery
Low cost spay neuter is now available every month for low income families. The Humane Society of the Ouachitas has partnered with local veterinarian Dr. Randy Burgess to provide convenient services to those Polk County households earning less than $30,000 per year. If you qualify, call the Humane Society at 479-394-5682 to reserve your space.
Free Tax Service
Healthy Connections, funded by the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, is offering a free tax filing service called VITA for taxpayers earning $49,000 or less. Slots are limited and available by appointment only. Call Carla Moore at 479-437-3449 ext 135 to set up a time. The free tax service will be open Fridays and Saturdays through April 13 at the Union Bank’s Community Room in Mena.
PCDC Collects Labels
Do you use Best Choice and Tyson products? Don’t throw out those labels! Polk County Developmental Center has a fundraiser that is real easy to do. Just save the UPC (proof of purchase) off any Best Choice product and the Tyson Project A+ Labels on participating Tyson products and bring them to the PCDC Resale Store, Jumpstart Preschool or mail to P.O. Box 926, Mena. So simple but what a difference it can make to children and adults with disabilities in our area!
Local area Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts have begun their annual chocolate bar sales. Candy bars are still just $1.00 each and include a Pizza Hut coupon on the wrapper. Flavors include: milk chocolate, crispy crunch, caramel, milk chocolate with almonds, and dark chocolate with almonds.
Amateur Radio Meeting
The Ouachita Amateur Radio Association will have their monthly club meeting on Saturday, March 9, at noon at the LimeTree Inn Restaurant.
Storytime is held at the Polk County Library each Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. featuring Yvonne Duvall of Queen Wilhelmina State Park.
DAV & Auxiliary Meeting
Disabled American Veterans and Auxiliary Ouachita Chapter 46 will meet Thursday, March 7, at Veterans Memorial Park for potluck at 6:00 p.m. with meetings to follow.
Sound of Liberty
The Sound of Liberty Concert will be held on Monday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Dallas Avenue Baptist Church.
MHS Class of ‘59
The Mena High School class of 1959 has scheduled its monthly luncheon meeting for Wednesday, March 13, at 11:30 a.m. at Pizza Hut’s family room for the buffet. It will be Dutch treat. Spouses and friends are welcome. If you have any questions call 394-4478 or 394-6221.
OLT Piney Woods Show
This Saturday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m., eclectic blues Guitarist, David Lindy, will bring The Piney Woods Boys’ live show to the Ouachita Little Theatre, at 610 Mena St. Tickets are $10, at the door at 6:45 p.m., $8 in advance at Sessions Music, Country Express, Big Fork Mall, and the Jot-M-Store. Kids 6-12 are $5. Kids under 6 are free. Call (479) 243-0186 for more information.
Library Board Meeting
Polk County Library Board will meet Tuesday, March 12, at 12:00 noon in the Susanna Mosley Community Room in the library. The public is always welcome to attend library board meetings.
Relay Captains Meeting
The Relay For Life of Polk County will be holding a Team Captains Meeting on Tuesday, March 12, at 6:00 p.m. at the Mena Mountain Resort. All Team Captains and anyone interested in starting a team or finding out more about Relay For Life is welcome to attend.
Lioness Club Meeting
The Mena Lioness Lions Club will have their monthly meeting at the LaVilla's Mexican Restaurant on Wednesday, March 13, at noon. For more information please call 479-394-8907. Guests are welcome.
The James K. Polk Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, will meet at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, in the second-floor meeting room at the First National Bank in Mena. Sue Derris will present a program on our first First Lady, Martha Washington. Members, prospective members and guests are invited to attend.
Polk County Democrats
The Polk County Democratic Central Committee will meet Monday, March 11, at 6:00 p.m. in the Union Bank of Mena Community Meeting Room. All Polk County Democrats are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Polk County Republicans
The Polk County Republican Committee will be meeting at the LimeTree Restaurant in Mena on March 11, 2013. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. If you would like to eat first, please come at 5:30 p.m.
Retired Teachers Meeting
The Polk County Retired Teachers Association will meet on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. at the New China Restaurant. All retired teachers and their spouses, and any former public school employees are invited to attend.